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Executing asynchronous process from a MS CRM 2011 plugin (or MS CRM 2011 how to call a workflow using C# code)?

By xrmlabs webmaster on 10/31/2013
Of late I face a problem where I had to execute an asynchronous process from a plugin. I was faced with multiple option like using asynchronous plugin or a workflow etc . After careful investigation of both the alternatives I came to the conclusion that my business process is much suited for a workflow rather than an asynchronous plugin. Now the only real challenge was to call a workflow from a plugin code. After a bit of investigation of SDK I can across the following sdk ExecuteWorkflowRequest Class. This class allows you to execute on demand workflow using plugin.

C#

ExecuteWorkflowRequest ewfr =newExecuteWorkflowRequest();
//each workflow has its own unique GUID. This GUID can be used to specify which workflow needs to be executed
ewfr.WorkflowId =newGuid("A68490BF-ABCD-1234-CDA1-1234567890AB");
// Replace the guid with your flow GUID
//Now all we need to do is specify the GUID of the record on which this workflow needs to be execute
ewfr.EntityId =newGuid("09876543-1234-ABCD-BCDE-E123457541BA");
ExecuteWorkflowResponse resp = (ExecuteWorkflowResponse)service.Execute(ewfr);

VB

Each workflow has its own unique GUID. This GUID can be used to specify which workflow needs to be executed

Now all we need to do is specify the GUID of the record on which this workflow needs to be execute
DimewfrAsNewExecuteWorkflowRequest()With
{
WorkflowId = new Guid("A68490BF-ABCD-1234-CDA1-1234567890AB"),
EntityId = new Guid("09876543-1234-ABCD-BCDE-E123457541BA")
}
Replace the guid with your flow GUID
Execute the workflow.
DimresponseAsExecuteWorkflowResponse =
CType(_serviceProxy.Execute(ewfr), ExecuteWorkflowResponse)

Further reading


http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-in/library/microsoft.crm.sdk.messages.executeworkflowrequest.aspx


Hope this helps

 



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